Emilie Zoey Baker in Defence of Slam Poetry
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet and spoken word performer who has performed and been published nationally and internationally. In this Lunchbox/Soapbox polemic, she energetically responds to Christopher Bantick’s article, ‘Only greatness, not popular appeal, can restore poetry as the nation’s memory’, published in The Australian in July 2011.
Railing against Bantick’s insistence on a rarefied artform characterised by its traditional masters and other arguments he makes against slam, Baker contends that only by celebrating poetry in all its forms will poets continue to cultivate, entertain and enrich audiences.
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet, teacher and spoken-word performer who has toured internationally. She was a fellow at the State Library of Victoria, coordinator of the Australian National Slam, and was core faculty for the spoken word program at Canada's Banff Centre. She teaches in schools and universities and is creative director of OutLoud a youth slam poetry competition presented with Australian Poetry.